October 4: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 4



October 4th is officially Ship in A Bottle Day and Taco Day.

We made it to day 278 of the year, and there are only 88 days remaining in 2024.

October 4 in history was a day of disasters, inventions and so much more. Here you’ll discover some interesting facts and events that all make this day such an important one in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1957, Sputnik 1 became Earth’s first artificial satellite to go into orbit? It orbited for three weeks before its batteries died and then crashed down two weeks later.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about October 4th in history!


What memorable events happened on October 4 in history? Keep reading to find out!


UK Prime Minister Theresa May was “pink-slipped” during her speech at the Conservative National Conference.

Officially it was a P45 Termination of Employment paper.


Dark Souls, the second Souls game after Demon’s Souls, was released for PS3 and Xbox 360 in North America.

It wasn’t quite a sequel to Demon’s Souls, but it’s close enough for them to be considered within the same series. Dark Souls was an incredibly well-received game with just one catch: players thought it was way too difficult!


Julian Assange launched WikiLeaks.com.

OTD in 2006: Julian Assange launched WikiLeaks.com.

WikiLeaks is a website that archives documents, often of a sensitive, governmental nature.


143 people were killed in a Siberian Airlines plane crash that was shot down by Ukrainian Missiles over the Black Sea.


The second largest cash robbery in US history was committed.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, the Loomis, Fargo & Co vaults were robbed of $17.3 million! Twenty-four people were convicted for the theft, and 88% of the money was recovered.


John Lennon’s album “Walls and Bridges” was released in the US.


Pope John Paul IV visited New York, becoming the first Pope to visit the Western Hemisphere.


Sputnik 1 became Earth’s first artificial satellite to go into orbit.

OTD in 1957: Sputnik 1 became Earth's first artificial satellite to go into orbit.


Gutzon Borglum began sculpting Mount Rushmore.


The musical “Sometime” put on its first performance at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, New York City, US.


The Orient Express started its first journey from Paris to Istanbul.

OTD in 1883: The Orient Express started its first journey from Paris to Istanbul.

The original journey stopped in Germany, Austria, Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria.


The pocket watch patent was awarded to Dutch mathematician and scientist Christiaan Huygens.

Huygens also patented the first pendulum clock in 1656.


Pope Gregory XIII introduced the concept of the Gregorian Calendar to Europe.

Some European countries didn’t adopt the calendar until October 15 due to a delay in communication.


The first complete English Bible translation was published.

William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale completed the Matthew Bible.

Famous Births

If you’re celebrating your birthday today, you share the same birthday with Dakota Johnson! Check out these other famous people who were born on this day!


Melissa Benoist



Melissa Benoist


35 years old

Born In:

Texas, USA


Dakota Johnson



Dakota Johnson


34 years old

Born In:

Texas, USA


Alicia Silverstone



Alicia Silverstone


47 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Rachael Leigh Cook



Rachael Leigh Cook


44 years old

Born In:

Minnesota, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, October 4th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Anne Sexton



Anne Sexton



Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton was an American poet born on November 9, 1928. She died on this day in 1974, at age 45 in Weston, Massachusetts, USA.

Died On:

Oct 4, 1974 (Age 45)

Died In:

Massachusetts, USA


What is your favorite quote from October 4? Here are the most noteworthy quotes said on this day throughout history.


Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.

H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft

American Writer


To hold a pen is to be at war.



French Writer

Special Holidays

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

October 4: Ship in A Bottle Day

Ship in A Bottle Day

People have been putting ships in bottles as early as the 18th century. Most remarkably, it was often sailors on long voyages who would create them while being tossed about by the waves. So celebrate Ship In A Bottle Day today by attempting to make your own!

October 4: National Taco Day
United States

National Taco Day

Today we celebrate the most famous food to come out of Mexico – the humble taco. If you live somewhere that has taquerias, then obviously go and get an authentic taco from there today. But, for the rest of you, why not try making your own tacos today?

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Ahmed Best, voice actor for Jar Jar Binks, became suicidal after the massive societal backlash against the character he played.

Birthday & Zodiac

Those of you who were born on this day share the Libra star sign.

Libra is an air sign represented by the scales, but did you know that it’s the only inanimate object of the zodiac?

Pink tourmaline is the birthstone given to people born in October. The beautiful pink color within the tourmaline is known to protect the bearer’s heart while also supporting the healing of their emotions.

People born on October 4 were likely conceived on or around January 11 in the same year.

A baby that is conceived on this day will likely be due around June 27, 2025.

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